Hello, I recently downloaded some files & extracted a .rar archive to my desktop. Something went wrong however, and one of the folders became permanently affixed to my desktop.
Any attempt to delete the folder results in a not-so-uncommon error: "Could not find this item, This is no longer located in C:/Users/MyUsername/Desktop. Verify the item's location and try again." What is uncommon is that programs and other files can interact with this folder regularly, eg: I can place other files inside of/take files out of the folder, and programs like Avast! can scan it.
Here's the comprehensive list of things I've tried so far;
-Deleting the folder normally. Results in the error described above. (Same result in safe mode.)
-Going through the command prompt and using the rmdir command. Command prompt returned "This file does not exist." (Same result in safe mode.) NOTE: The directory listing for the desktop did show the folder as being there and having the correct listing of <DIR>.
-Using a third party program called "delinvfile". This program was able to detect this folder being invalid, but not delete it.
-Using a third party program called "Unlocker". This program noted the folder was not locked, and offered to delete it. Attempting to do so returned an error, failing to delete it. Prompted me if I would like to delete it on next boot, which also failed.
-Attempted to use another third party program called "File Assassin" which as it turns out does not work on folders.
-Ran chkdsk which returned no dead links/bad sectors/problems of any kind.
At this point I began to suspect malware so I tried:
-Scanning with Avast! No Results.
-Booting in safe mode, running rkill, then scanning with malware bytes. No results for either.
-Scanning the folder directly with MBAM and Avast! Both reported the folder being clean.
So, provided the clean bill of health from all antivirus software I have, I'm back to thinking it's a folder that got completely lost in the system or something.
I believe this post belongs in the windows 7 forum as it's a problem with a file listing, but if there is a more appropriate forum, please direct me to it and I will put this post there. Thank you